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Leighton Playground Fundraiser In Full Swing

OSWEGO, NY – On June 4 at Breitbeck Pavilion the Leighton Home and School Association will hold a community yard sale from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Top from left, Pamela Dowd, president HAS; Judy Kenefic, chair playground committee; Margie Clark, playground committee member. In front from left Gretchen Dowd, Robert Fisher Clark, Tristan Robert Clark, Gillian Clark, Zoe Clark and Kelly, Mike Goldych's lhasa apso.

Top from left, Pamela Dowd, president HAS; Judy Kenefic, chair playground committee; Margie Clark, playground committee member. In front from left Gretchen Dowd, Robert Fisher Clark, Tristan Robert Clark, Gillian Clark, Zoe Clark and Kelly, Mike Goldych's lhasa apso.

Anyone interested in donating items for the effort can call Beth Clark at 216-4992 for drop-off/pick-up information or rent their own table under the pavilion for $8.

There will also be a bottle and can drive – drop off, along with a tax deductible electronic recycling fundraiser taking place as well.

Cell phones, inkjet printer cartridges (no toner please), laptop and notebook computers, iPads and tablets, gold, silver, platinum jewelry, Apple iPods and MP3 players, digital SLR cameras and lenses, digital cameras, digital video cameras, portable GPS units, radar detectors, E-book readers, mobile hot spots and WiFi devices, 4G USB Air Cards, handheld game systems (PSP, Nintendo DS etc), game consoles (Nintendo Wii, PS3, Xbox etc.) Range Finders and sky caddies and TI graphing calculators will be collected.

Take-out chicken barbecue will be held from noon – 3 p.m., for $8 per dinner that includes Gibby’s famous half chicken, salt potatoes, baked beans and a roll.

Pre-sale tickets are available; contact Pam Dowd at 343-3650, Margie Clark at 343-1998, Judi Kenefic at 343-3764, Kelly Griffin at 343-1864 or Beth Clark at 216-4992.

Group deliveries within city limits are available and arranged at time of pre-sale.

Bring some smiles – bring some swings – cause a change in the community!

McDonalds Fundraiser for Granby Playground Fund on April 27

McDonalds Restaurant in Fulton has team up with the Granby Elementary School Parent Teacher Group (PTG) for a fundraiser on April 27. Stop in to the McDonalds located on South Fourth Street/Route 481 between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and the restaurant will contribute 15% of sales to customers who say “I’m here to support Granby” to the school’s Playground Fund. Granby Elementary School staff members and students including Principal Heather Perry and third grader Kelly Caza, second grader Katelyn Perkins, third grader Hayley Vann, third grader Maggie Grosvent, fourth grader Christopher Grosvent, and kindergartener Riley Thompson pictured above along with PTG members will be at the restaurant during the fundraiser to meet and greet customers. For more information about the fundraiser and/or the Granby Playground Fund call (315) 593-5480.

Playground Plan For Leighton Elementary Takes Big Step Forward

The drawing of plans for a new Leighton Elementary School playground.

The drawing of plans for a new Leighton Elementary School playground.

Oswego’s Board of Education gave its blessing Tuesday night to a committee’s plans to replace the deteriorated playground at Leighton Elementary School.

A group of residents, led by Judi Kenefic, has been working behind the scenes for several years to put a new playground in place. Tuesday, the group made its plans public.

The wooden playground built in 1991 is falling apart, Kenefic said. “There’s very few pieces left and what’s there is not safe. Neighbors won’t go there anymore because it’s in disrepair and dirty.”

Kenny Schroy of American Recreational Products and, at right, Judi Kenefic show plans for a new playground at Leighton Elementary School to members of the Board of Education.

Kenny Schroy of American Recreational Products and, at right, Judi Kenefic show plans for a new playground at Leighton Elementary School to members of the Board of Education.

Wooden playground fall apart, become homes for swarms of bees and put slivers into kids’ hands, said Kenny Schroy of American Recreational Products, the company that has designed the playground on behalf of the committee.

This playground, he said, will use safer materials and have a surface similar to a turf athletic field. He called it a “universal playground” because it will be fully and easily accessible by children with disabilities, including those in wheelchairs.

“It allows handicapped children to play right alongside other children,” he said.

Kenefic’s group gave Schroy a goal of spending $250,000 on the playground, which her group would raise.

Board of Education President Sam Tripp said the district could save the group some money by demolishing the old playground itself.

Once built, the playground would be turned over to the school district, just as the old playground was.

Kenefic asked the board to approve letting the committee go forward with the playground project, so it can begin fundraising and grant writing. “We’re ready to go,” she said.

The board approved the idea unanimously.

Hannibal’s Next Playground Will Be Different From The Current One

An artist's view of early designs for the new playground at Fairley Elementary School in Hannibal.  Officials stress these are very preliminary designs, that some surrounding details are not accurate and all of it is subject to change.

An artist's view of early designs for the new playground at Fairley Elementary School in Hannibal. Officials stress these are very preliminary designs, that some surrounding details are not accurate and all of it is subject to change.

There will eventually be a new school and community playground at Hannibal’s Fairley Elementary School. While the final design of the playground isn’t certain yet, one thing is: “What we will have is very different from what we have now,” said Fairley principal Roseann Schoonmaker, a member of the committee pulling the new playground together.

The current playground is built of wood. The new one won’t be. The current playground consists of activity centers that are connected to each other. Early designs of the new playground show a more open space, with play equipment separated by open spaces.

Another view of early designs for the new playground at Fairley Elementary School in Hannibal.

Another view of early designs for the new playground at Fairley Elementary School in Hannibal.

A one-size-fits-all playground will change to have centers that are appropriate for smaller children and centers more suited to older elementary children.

Schoonmaker said the committee surveyed youngsters to find out what they like in a playground and what they don’t like. From that information and other input, they created a wish list of equipment for the new playground. “Everything on the wish list fit the footprint” of the new playground, she said at a recent Board of Education meeting.

Time will tell if it also fits into the budget for the new playground.

“We’re designing a playground that’s expandable,” said Dan Salisbury, a district administrator who’s also part of the committee.

The new playground is still a ways off. It’s scheduled to be the last thing done in the current round of building renovations, which means that the old playground may be around until the summer of 2011.

Hannibal Playground Moving Closer To A Rebuild

Hannibal’s only public playground, the playground at Fairley Elementary School, is going to get a makeover.

The wooden playground is old and splintering. A new playground is in the planning stages.

Phil Wise, an outside expert that’s part of the team handling a renovation project for the district, told members of the Board of Education recently that the new playground will be just a tad smaller. It will, he said, fit nicely into the current playground area.

But, he said, “newer equipment can accomodate more kids.”

Wise works with a committee, headed by Fairley Principal Roseann Schoonmaker and comprised of people from the school disrict and the community, to plan the new playground. They’re meeting weekly at the moment.

The committee is working now to match the playground’s budget with the kinds of equipment the playground needs. They hope to have a final layout in place by September 10. The plans then go to the State Education Department for approval.

A vendor has already been chosen to supply the equipment. It’s a company called GameTime, a state-approved contractor that will sell the equipment at prices the state has already approved.

Investigation Continues Into Minetto Playground Arson

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego County Sheriff’s Department as well as the county’s Cause and Origin Team continue to search for clues in Thursday night’s fire at the Minetto Elementary School’s playground.

“It was definitely arson,” Sheriff Reuel Todd said of the fire that damaged the playground equipment near the school. “No way any other way that this fire could have started.”

A lot of kids used the playground, especially in the recent mild weather, he said.

Why would someone deliberately damage the playground equipment? To do this just to cause damage is just wrong,” the sheriff said. “It’s a shame the kids can’t play down there now until it’s fixed; that probably won’t be until the spring.”

Anyone with any information regarding the fire is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 349-3411.

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